Zdeněk Štybar has missed a lot of racing in 2023 due to iliac artery surgery Zdeněk Štybar set for retirement after difficult 2023 season
Jayco-AlUla’s Zdeněk Štybar may be racing his final road race in Guangxi this week, after failing to secure a contract renewal after a difficult season.
Speaking to Cyclingnews at the Tour of Guangxi , Štybar expressed his sadness at finishing his career, and his last race being in China rather than Europe, though he did hint at doing some cyclo-cross, the discipline where he began his career.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t re-sign as there is no place on our team,” Štybar told Cyclingnews . “And then with the situation of the past weeks with such uncertainty about teams, I think this is probably my last race. Of course, my manager was still speaking to teams, but after all those surgeries, after my performances and my age, nobody is really interested.”
The 37-year-old has had a difficult season with Jayco-AlUla, not least because he underwent iliac artery surgery, derailing a big chunk of his racing.
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